# Courses

**PHYS 103G: Astronomy***1 course credit*

An introduction to the study of our universe—its structures and their origin and evolution.

Topics include: the earth, the moon, planets and stars and how they affect our lives.
Simple

laboratory experiments and telescopic observation are part of the course.

**PHYS 130G: Introductory Physics I (with lab) **

*1 course credit*

An introduction to topics in classical mechanics, including kinematics, Newton's law, work energy principles, momentum and impulse, and rotational motion. Some differential calculus is used.

*Co-requisite: MATH 151 or permission of the instructor*

**PHYS 132G: Introductory Physics II (with lab)***1 course credit*

Continuation of Physics 130. Topics include: electricity, magnetism, and simple circuit
analysis.

Differential and integral calculus used freely.

*Co-requisite: MATH 152 or permission of the instructor.*

**PHYS 134: Introductory Physics III (with lab)***1 course credit*

Continuation of PHYS 132. Topics include: physical, waves, oscillating motion, optics,
special

relativity, and introductory quantum physics.

*Prerequisite: Physics 132 or permission of the instructor.*

**PHYS 190: Digital Electronics***1 course credit*

An introduction to digital circuit design, both combinational and sequential, and
their application

in constructing digital instruments. May include microprocessor and elementary assembly

language. There is a strong laboratory component to this course. Offered in rotation
as needed.

**PHYS 208: Classical Mechanics***1 course credit*

An introduction to the study of particles and systems under the action of various
types of forces.

Includes harmonic oscillator, central force and Lagrangian formulation. This course
makes

elegant use of mathematical techniques in solving physical problems. Prerequisites:
MATH 254

and PHYS 132 or permission of the instructor.

**PHYS 209: Statics***1 course credit*

An introduction to analysis of forces acting on particles and rigid bodies. Topics
include:

statics of particles, rigid bodies and equivalent systems of forces, equilibrium of
rigid bodies,

distributed forces, analysis of structures, forces in cables in beams, friction, and
moments of

inertia.

*Prerequisite: PHYS 130 or permission of the instructor. Offered in rotation as needed.*

**PHYS 210: Circuit Analysis (with lab)***1 course credit*

Introduction to the techniques of analyzing resistive, capacitive, and inductive circuits.
Topics

include: Kirchoff’s rules, Thevenin’s theorem, node-voltage method, mesh-current method,
and

properties of RL, RC, and RLC circuits.

*Prerequisite: PHYS 132 or permission of the instructor. Offered in rotation as needed.*

**PHYS 211: Analog Electronics (with lab)***1 course credit*

Topics include: high and low pass filters, differentiators, integrators, detailed
study of transistor

circuits, operational amplifiers, comparators, Schmitt triggers, and oscillator circuits.
There is

a strong laboratory component to this course. \

*Prerequisite: PHYS 132 or permission of the instructor. Offered in rotation as needed.*

**PHYS 212: Optics (with lab)***1 course credit*

A study of geometrical and physical optics. Topics include: optical instruments, interference,

diffraction, dispersion, and topics in modern optics.

*Prerequisites: MATH 254 and PHYS 132 or permission of the instructor. Offered in rotation
as needed.*

**PHYS 214: Computational Methods for the Natural Sciences***1 course credit*

An introduction to the practice of solving problems in the natural sciences using
computers.

Topics include: the use of numerical differentiation and integration, numerical solutions
to

differential equations, numerical simulation, and approximation techniques to solve
common

and interesting problems in the natural sciences.

*Prerequisites: PHYS 132, COMP 160, or permission of the instructor. MATH 323 encouraged.
Offered in rotation as needed.*

**PHYS 288: Special Topics***0-1 course credit*

**PHYS 267: Introduction to the Dynamics of the Atmosphere***1 course credit*

Topics include: Survey of the properties of the atmosphere, (including the composition
and

motion of the atmosphere, some atmospheric chemistry, the carbon and hydrologic cycles),

atmospheric thermodynamics, radiative transfer, cloud microphysics, and weather systems.

*Prerequisite: Physics I (Physics 130). Corequisite: Physics II (PHYS 132) or permission
of the instructor.*

**PHYS 280: Introduction to Modern Physics***1 course credit*

An introduction to the physics of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Topics
may include:

special relativity, introductory quantum theory, introductory atomic physics, nuclear
physics,

condensed matter physics and particle physics.

* Prerequisite: PHYS 134 or permission of the instructor.*

**PHYS 303: Electricity and Magnetism***1 course credit*

A detailed introduction to the principles of electrodynamics. Topics include: electrostatics
and

magnetostatics, both in vacuum and matter, and the development of Maxwell’s equations
to

study electromagnetic fields.

*Prerequisites: MATH 254 and PHYS 132.*

**PHYS 312: Quantum Mechanics II***1 course credit*

Further development of the mathematical methods of quantum mechanics. Three-dimensional

potential problems are considered in greater detail. Topics include: the hydrogen
atom,

angular momentum and spin, perturbations, and introductory relativistic quantum mechanics.

*Prerequisite: PHYS 310 or permission of the instructor. Offered in rotation as needed.*

**PHYS 315L: Advanced Laboratory***0.5 course credit*

An introduction to advanced laboratory techniques and data analysis in physics, as
well as a

selection of the classic experiments in modern physics. Experiments may be in optics,
atomic

physics, solid state physics, and nuclear physics.

*Prerequisite: PHYS 132 or permission of the instructor.*

**PHYS 325: Solid-State Physics (with lab)***1 course credit*

An introduction to solid-state physics, including crystal structure and the thermal,
dielectric,

and magnetic properties of solids. Topics include: band theory and semiconductors,
phonons,

and superconductivity.

*Prerequisite: PHYS 310 or permission of the instructor. Offered in rotation as needed. *

**PHYS 335: Introduction to Nuclear Physics (with lab)***1 course credit*

An introduction to the physics of the nucleus. Topics include: the study of nuclear
properties,

models of the nucleon-nucleon interaction, models of the nucleus, scattering theory,
radioactive

decay and radiation. Includes laboratory.

*Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of the instructor. Offered in rotation
as needed.*

**PHYS 350: Science Seminar***Credit / No Credit*

An introduction to the literature of the physical sciences providing the student with
the

opportunity to prepare and present reports. Required of juniors and seniors majoring
in

chemistry and physics. Other students are invited to participate. Credit / No Credit.

**PHYS 356: Statistical Physics***1 course credit*

An introduction to thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. Topics include: entropy
and

temperature, Boltzmann distribution, chemical potential and the Gibbs distribution,
and Fermi

and Bose gases.

*Prerequisite: PHYS 134 or permission of the instructor. Offered in rotation as needed.*

**PHYS 401: Independent Study***0-1 course credit*

Special topics in physics.

*Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.*

**PHYS 420: Senior Research***1 course credit*

An individual project in theoretical or experimental physics chosen by the student
in

consultation with the physics faculty.

*Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of the chair.*